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African hospitality industry will rise again

Published Jun 2, 2020


DURBAN - The hospitality industry will arguably be the economic sector hardest hit by Covid-19 across the globe. And in Africa, touted as the last frontier for significant future development in the arena, strong partnerships will have to be forged between the public and private sectors in order to fast-track recovery.

According to Mark Havercroft, Regional Director for Africa of international hotel group Minor Hotels recovery is achievable.

“The African continent has, in many ways, emerged as the last frontier for development and expansion in the hospitality industry, along with many other economic sectors. For those brands that have already entered this market, this may prove to be their saving grace when it comes to the gradual reopening of the hospitality industry post-Covid-19, and embedding that recovery within other economies on the continent,” said Havercroft.

In an industry that accounts for 10% of the global GDP, the

World Economic Forum